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The North Dakota Safety Council is a private non-profit organization supported through grants, donations and memberships. Our mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, on the roads, and in our homes and communities. With more than 1,000 member companies representing all sizes of all industries, the NDSC is an active participant in influencing safe work practices all across North Dakota.

 
 



Thank You NDSC Members 

New Members as of 
July 1, 2015
Apex Engineering Group, Inc.
Bakken Transload
Dakota Prairie Refinery
Dakota Storage Products, Inc.
Four Bears Segment
Hayward Baker
Hill Top Home of Comfort
Intertek USA, Inc
ND Department of Trust Lands
ND Insurance Department
North Dakota Department of Agriculture
North Dakota Insurance Department
P/D Concrete Construction, Inc.
Petro Land Services South LLC
Plant Services, Incorporated
Quality Mat Company of ND, LLC
S & R Reinforcing, Inc.
Swire Water Solutions
Tyndale FRC
US Wick Drain, Inc
 
Renewing Members as of 
July 1, 2015
American Machine & Engineering
Aspen Environmental Services
Pinky's Aggregates, Inc.
Rockwater Energy Solutions
 


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New Distracted Driving Video Released by AT&T

July 24, 2015 -
A mom’s quick glance at a social media post while driving holds devastating consequences in a new ad by AT&T. The ad called “Close to Home,” part of AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign, was directed by Anonymous Content’s Frederic Planchon, according to Creativity Online. In the ad’s description on AT&T’s official YouTube page, it says, “In Close to Home, we are introduced to six characters on a perfectly average day. Their lives are then irrevocably changed by the devastating consequences of a seemingly innocent glance at a phone while driving. No post is worth a life. It Can Wait.”
 

NDSC Pays it Forward with Free Safety Training
 
July 21, 2015 -- As a private non-profit, the NDSC understands a non-profit’s budget may not always have room for safety training. That’s why we are paying it forward and providing free safety training to non-profits across the state.
 
Using donations received on Giving Hearts Day, the NDSC provided free CPR/AED/First Aid training to employees and volunteers at the Welcome House in Mandan last Saturday.
 
“We are so thankful for this opportunity. It’s reassuring to know our volunteers and staff are trained to properly respond to an emergency. We wouldn’t have been able to complete this training for our whole team without the generosity of the NDSC,” says Kelly Gunsch, Welcome House executive director.
 
The Welcome House is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting local families with temporary shelter and supportive resources that lead to self-sufficiency.
 
“The donations we received on Giving Hearts Day are helping us achieve our mission of saving lives and preventing injuries in North Dakota by providing life-saving safety training to people who couldn’t afford it otherwise,” says Lynae Hanson, NDSC assistant executive director.
 
The NDSC will continue to support other non-profits in North Dakota by providing free training on topics such as personal safety and defensive driving.
 
Giving Hearts Day was started in 2008 by Dakota Medical Foundation and Impact Foundation as the region’s first one-day virtual fundraising event.
 

Free Critical Issues Training Scheduled in Fargo

July 21, 2015 - The NDSC is hosting the second session of their Critical Issues Training Series next month in Fargo. The 2-hour Workplace Violence Planning & Management session will take place Tuesday, August 11 at 1pm. The event is sponsored by Sanford OCCMED and will be hosted at the Sanford Broadway Clinic. Attendees will gain valuable knowledge on preparing for an emergency or act of violence in the workplace, including high risk employment considerations, emergency response plans, and staff preparedness.

This event is FREE to NDSC Members and open to the public for a fee of $30 per person.
Click here to get registered!


Job Openings at WBI Energy

July 21, 2015 - WBI Energy is searching for a Safety Administrator/Senior Safety Administrator at their Bismarck office. To learn more or apply, go to www.jobs.mdu.com. There is also an opening at the Dakota Prairie Refinery in Dickinson for a Plant Protection Specialist. To learn more or apply, go to www.dprefining.com/careers.



Pain Medications: A Fatal Cure?

July 20, 2015 - More than 44 people die each day from an overdose of prescription pain medications. When an injured worker who is prescribed opioid pain medications dies of drug overdose, it may be compensable by your workers’ compensation program.

A new National Safety Council report, “Prescription Pain Medications: A Fatal Cure for Injured Workers” examines recent court decisions in which injured workers died from an overdose of pain medications. This report identifies:

  1. When pain medication prescribed for an employee’s on-the-job injury is compensable by workers’ compensation.
  2. How to protect your injured workers from potential dangers of opioid pain medications.
  3. How you can reduce the risk of compensable costs associated with opioid use.

Download this FREE report at nsc.org/workerscomp.


Ray Students Receive Free Driver Safety Training
 
July 15, 2015 – Traffic crashes are the number one cause of death for drivers between the ages of 14 and 24. In an effort to prevent driver fatalities in western North Dakota, the North Dakota Safety Council (NDSC) and State Farm partnered with Ray Public School to provide free driver safety training to their driver’s education students.
 
July 9, 16 students completed the Alive at 25 program, a 4.5-hour Defensive Driving Course for drivers and passengers ages 14 to 24. The course addressed inexperience, distractions, peer pressure and how to reduce the risk of being involved in a fatal car crash. The NDSC was able to offer this course, free of charge, thanks to grant funding from State Farm.
 
“State Farm is committed to making the roads safer, preventing injuries and saving lives,” said State Farm Public Affairs Specialist Kelly Savage. “The North Dakota Safety Council’s training program is a great opportunity to educate teens about the importance of developing safe driving habits.”
 
Unlike traditional driver’s education courses that focus on the mechanics of driving, Alive at 25 addresses the behaviors of driving. Students learned about the devastating consequences of risky driving behaviors through videos, sharing driving experiences and role-playing various driving scenarios.
 
“Educating these students during their driver’s education course allows us to help them develop safe habits before a ticket, before a crash, and before another family or community has to suffer the loss of a child” says Terry Weaver, NDSC traffic safety coordinator.
 
Alive at 25 courses are scheduled across the state on a regular basis and are open to the public. Students who complete the course are eligible for an insurance discount and point reduction in North Dakota. To learn more or see a statewide course schedule, go to www.ndsc.org/aliveat25. For questions, call Terry Weaver at (800) 932-8890.
 

 

Join Us In Welcoming Our Newest Staff Members!

 

 

 


Ben Brouillette

 

 

 


Macy Lorinser

 

 

 


Kayla Wentz

July 13, 2015 - The NDSC now has 25 staff members dedicated to safety in ND, plus four contracted safety trainers. In the past few months, we’ve welcomed THREE new employees, including the expansion of two departments.

Ben Brouillette joined the NDSC as an Accounting Assistant. He’s a Packer fan, but we welcomed him with open arms anyway! Ben has a master’s degree in Business Administration and seven years of banking experience. Email Ben your favorite historical fact about the Vikings at BenB@ndsc.org.

In May, Macy Lorinser came on board as an additional Office Assistant. She’s been busy at the front desk with general administrative tasks, including ECCS database management and course registrations. Help us welcome Macy by sending her a note at MacyL@ndsc.org.

Kayla Gefroh Wentz was hired as a Safety Consultant in June. She has a very diverse background, including oil & gas safety, undercover narcotics and 5 years as a ND Highway Patrol Trooper. She’ll be teaching a variety of courses, including traffic safety, CPR/First Aid and Advanced Safety Certificate courses. Kayla is a Steelers fan, so send your thoughts on their chances of Super Bowl ring number seven to KaylaW@ndsc.org.



News You Can Use

 

NHTSA seeks to prevent 'underride' crashes involving trucks
July 24, 2015 - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has spelled out plans to require rear-impact guards on single-unit vehicles such as dump trucks, garbage haulers, concrete mixers and delivery trucks, according to an advance notice of proposed rulemaking released July 17.

10 interventions can improve staff, patient safety in psychiatric wards: study
July 24, 2015 - Certain interventions can improve the safety of both workers and patients in psychiatric wards, according to a research team from King's College London.

OSHA instructs inspectors on enforcing hazcom standard
July 24, 2015 - OSHA compliance officers have a new instruction document that outlines inspection procedures for the agency's updated Hazard Communication Standard.

OSHA: PSM standard exemption applies only to small retail establishments
July 24, 2015 - Large facilities that store and sell chemicals may no longer be exempt from OSHA's Process Safety Management Standard, the agency announced July 22 in a revised interpretation of its rules.

Personal protective equipment
July 17, 2015 - Workers who need to wear or carry heavy gear in the summer heat are particularly at risk for heat illnesses and death.

Don't let summer heat catch you off-guard
July 17, 2015 - As we work and play this summer, it's important to be mindful of the damage excessive heat can do to our bodies.

Hersman: Employers have 'moral and legal responsibility' to address worker painkiller use
July 17, 2015 - The National Safety Council is urging employers to develop a workplace policy on the use of opioid painkillers.

 

For the full stories, visit the NDSC's News Page.


 

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The NDSC sends out relevant safety and training information to members and safety advocates, via email, on a regular basis. Some companies’ Internet Service Providers (ISP) block emails from the NDSC’s email service, Constant Contact. If your company is a member of the NDSC, or you have signed up to receive our email updates, but have not been receiving them,

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The North Dakota Safety Council provides safety training and services across the state, including the cities of Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot and Williston.